Tuesday, March 24, 2009

3/25 Outdoor Wednesday # 11

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What a difference a week makes!

The Cherry Blossom Festival is this week. Somehow, each year, the cherry trees seem to know when the festival is here. I took this photo last week…….. 

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Here is the same spot this week….

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Makes me wish I could paint or draw! (Fifi and Helene where are you?)

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And here are some more pictures of the balloons I posted about on Monday…but these are in the evening……

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and some wisteria I saw driving down the road (yes, I took this while driving)

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I had to turn around to go back for a better picture (and my child thought I had lost my mind)……..

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but wasn’t it worth stopping the car and getting out for a better picture?

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77 comments:

  1. All I can say is WOW! I don't know what is more pectacular the trees or the balloons! They are both breathtaking. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Hi Susan! The cherry blossoms are such a lovely treat and the shots you got of the balloons are gorgeous!! Love it all. Happy Outdoor Wednesday to you!

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  3. Look at those beautiful, magnificent trees! That in a photo, in person I'm sure they took your breath. And I do so love wisteria. Don't have any out here, but my mother has some in town, must see if it is blooming yet.

    Thanks so much, Susan, for your generous hosting.

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  4. Love wisteria and your pictures are a delight!
    Great pictures of the cherry blossoms -- those are really the best Met Monday! What a transformation. But that is spring -- nothing one day and an amazing display the next!

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  5. Whoa! What an amazing transformation in only a week! I think some year I will have to schedule a little vacation during cherry blossom time. I went to the DC area during this time one year while I was in college, and it was just beautiful. Yep, gonna have to schedule this some year soon!

    w00t! It's WEDNESDAY!

    Tink *~*~*
    NOW PLAYING at My Mobile Adventures *~*~* :
    Lighthouse at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

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  6. A week did make a difference, a beautiful difference!

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  7. It's the weather wonderful. Here I've missed OW again but I'm just not feeling good due to my knee. Maybe my mind will be clear next week.

    hugs

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  8. Hi Susan,
    I am so jealous, you all are so far ahead of us!!! The balloons I know were a spectacular sight!! Thank you for hosting OW.
    Blessings,
    Sue

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  9. Beautiful photos! I saw my first wisteria today while driving to work! It is SO beautiful! Maybe it's not so bad living in Alabama afterall?! Spring sure is pretty here!

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  10. Wonderful pictures Susan! No, you really haven't lost your mind & we appreciate these beautiful pictures so much! ♥ Diane

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  11. Hi Susan,
    What a wonderful post. The cherry blossoms are gorgeous and the wisteria, well I look forward to it every year. Mine is just starting. You live in a beautiful place, it looks so serene.
    The balloons at night look almost magical especially reflecting in the water.
    Thanks for hosting and have a great Wednesday.
    See you for Tablescape Thursday.
    Maryrose
    PS - I hope my Outdoor Wednesday stayed within most of the rules. It was just too fun not to share ;)

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  12. They're all great pictures, but I especially like the balloon pictures. That must have been spectacular to see.

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  13. Susan, The Cherry Blossoms are gorgeous, but the WISTERIA is totally THE most beautiful sight...I can almost smell it from here. ;) ~CC Catherine

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  14. what a difference a week makes, love the wisteria, your balloon photos are great, love the reflections in the water

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  15. wow....i thought the trees were amazing...then that shot of the hot air balloons at night--it was truly breathtaking.
    so glad to be participating this week!!!!
    warmly,
    chasity at the wild raspberry

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  16. All of your photos are marvelous, Susan! We don't have cherry blossom trees in Texas, so I've only seen them in photos. The hot air balloon photos are contest worthy! And the wisteria is beautiful!

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  17. Oh, my goodness, Susan - those pictures are gorgeous! The wisteria and cherry blossoms are just spectacular. The arrival of Spring brings such joy with it, doesn't it? Everything is fresh and new and so welcome after the long winter. Enjoy the beauty around you!
    xo...Kathy

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  18. That is so beautiful!! Our dogwoods are going crazy right now. We don't have many cherries. Thanks for the pictures!! :)

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  19. WOW, so glad you shared those awesome photos! I'm having a giveaway so if you have a chance stop back by my blog www.lovestocreate.com before Saturday for a chance to win. hugs from conroe tx!

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  20. I've never seen cherry blossoms. I would love to. The look beautiful. And the Wisteria. I wish I could grow that down here,but too hot and humid. Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures.

    BTW - my daughter too often thinks I'm crazy. Just today she wondered why I was taking pictures of the laundry drying on the line !

    amy@maisonbelle

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  21. Those cherry trees in bloom are amazing. I love hot air balloons. I think I need to come visit sometime in the spring to see both. Wisteria is such a gorgeous flower and it smells so wonderful. What great photos. I'm so glad you host O.W., I love it!

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  22. The trees are all so pretty when the buds come out and all of sudden just such gorgeous blooms. I love seeing all of nature wake up from the winter. Hugs, Marty

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  23. It's so hard to believe that this is the same spot a week later! The trees are gorgeous. And I totally understand turning the car around for another shot of the wisteria, it is really beautiful. Isn't it funny what blogging does to you? I stopped today because I saw a cardinal sitting in a beautiful flowering plum, and the batteries in my camera were dead! Boo hoo. Thanks for hosting this event Susan, it really is fun. Kathy

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  24. WOW!! don't know what I loved the best...its all beautiful Susan..thanks..Girl I am linked on and ready to go...thanks Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  25. Susan, What a beautiful drive. I've never seen anything like it. The hot ballons are awesome, too!

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  26. ~Absolutely stunning Susan!

    Love the cherry blossums.
    It does look like a portrait.

    Happy OW! :)

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  27. FUN to be part of your day! Lovely photos!

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  28. I love all your pictures. I am so excited that everything is blooming. Isn't it great to go out each day and be surprised at what is coming up! I just love all the hot air balloon pictures, they get better everyday! Hope you have a blessed day!

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  29. It was definitely worth stopping to take a picture of those gorgeous flowers! Beautiful outdoor photos!...Christine

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  30. Hi Susan,
    Could you please place my link again? Thanks for the help. I love those white blossoms and that wisteria looks about like mine. Doesn't it smell wonderful?
    Laura

    http://amongsttheoaks.blogspot.com/2009/03/outdoor-wednesday-flower-baskets.html

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  31. The balloons at night are amazing pictures!

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  32. So pretty Susan! I bet that it all smells great, too! ~ Robyn

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  33. Wisteria has always been a favorite of mine, but I have too much shade and it will not produce flowers. That is a beautiful shot. Your photos of the balloons after dark are really neat. Love the mirror image on the water. Have a great Wednesday!
    Kate

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  34. oh your spring in wonderful! i love seeing the trees in bloom, just gorgeous! my area is know for flowering pear trees so its nice to see the cherries. i love the wisteria, one of my favorites!

    oh those ballons are fab, i need to find your other post, been so busy outside i am not online anymore!

    thanks for hosting this, its fun to see all the color!

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  35. Hello Susan

    The tree looks like it is covered with cottons! :-) Would love to try riding on those balloons but I'm afraid to look down! The night setting looks so romantic :-)

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

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  36. Absolutley beautiful pictures, Susan! This si my first time to play OW, I am excited!

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  37. Beautiful photographs Susan! Yes, the wisteria was definitely worth going back to photograph! The hot air balloons are incredible. Thanks SO MUCH for hosting O.W. laurie

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  38. Beautiful pictures! I can't believe the wisteria is already blooming. Have a great day!

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  39. Hi Susan! Thanks for coming by. It's not hard to get the bunnies out of my vegetable garden. My granddaughter AJ and her bunnies live in FL while my garden is where I live in MS. LOL...Christine

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  40. Hello Susan, I love the flowers you shared! And those lighted hot airs! Wow!

    Thank you again for the award, what an honor... Also, if you haven't yet, please accept the award I made for all fabulous bloggers. You are certainly one of them...

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  41. Hello Susan, Happy Outdoor Wednesday and thank you for hosting another wonderful week of outdoorness lol, your photo of the wisteria and the Cherry blossom are stunning and those hot air Balloons with their reflections are beautiful. Kathy.

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  42. Oh, those beautiful, beautiful blooming trees. Great pictures and I understand you went back to take the right pictures.

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  43. Beautiful!!
    No cherry blossoms here yet....Will be on a lookout!!

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  44. Beautiful photos of the cherry blossom. Last week it was spring overhere, and now it is windy, raining and cold. But I enjoy the spring last week and have worked a lot in my garden. So you can see on my outdoor wednesday post today. Thanks for hosting and have a nice week.
    greetings.

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  45. Your pictures are beautiful. The trees look like cotton and I luv the balloons!! Sorry about posting my name twice. Obviously, I still don't know what I'm doing because my the first one is linked to your blog instead of mine.....lol

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  46. Those trees and wisteria are stunning.

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  47. Gorgeous!

    I can't leave a link since I am private now, but I did do an Outdoor Wednesday post!

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  48. The wisteria is beautiful Susan but I think my favorites are the reflections of the balloons! So pretty! Happy Outdoor Wednesday ♥

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  49. Susan, Love your post and a week has made a huge difference in the mountains here too. Trees in bloom everywhere. Gorgeous. You gotta love spring, it makes your heart sing.

    Hugs...Jeanne

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  50. What a difference a week makes - wow! I bet it's so breathtaking in person. I love the balloons reflecting in the water.

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  51. love the pictures,they are so awsome..my yard is drab,no green yet ,my trees still look like winter,im just waiting for it to turn green..and we havent had much warm weather.so all my outside furiture is still in the garage.

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  52. The balloon photos are so pretty. I love the wisteria picture. It's one of my favorite flowers.

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  53. It's Wednesday...woohoo! Thanks again for hosting such a fabulous party. Luv the wisteria photos you posted and the hot air balloons at dusk is so enchanting!
    -marie

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  54. Wow, those are some awesome pics! I just love wild wisteria, we have some blooming down the street. Great post. :)

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  55. The beauty of the cherry blossoms and wisteria is such a welcoming sign of spring. I am not lucky enough to have either so it is so wonderful to be able to see them here.

    As much as I love spring...the two balloon shots reflecting in the water took my breath away..amazing!

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  56. The wisteria is beautiful. Good job on the pictures of the hot air balloons. I love the reflections.

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  57. Can you send spring this way? We might get snow this weekend! The trees are beautiful!

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  58. Oh-oh! You're beginning to take a page from the snap while you drive if you're Helen book! The hot air balloons at night - my favorite!!!! We have a Balloons Over Bend event in the summer and I've been able to get some great shots.

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  59. Beautiful Post!!!

    Love those trees blooming!!!
    Thankyou for your kind comment on my blog;-)
    We had a wonderful anniversary getaway!

    Smiles,
    kayellen

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  60. I love, love, love cherry blossoms in bloom and the wisteria is amazing.

    I cannot believe it took me so long to realize that I could join in today! Woo Hoo!

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  61. Hi Susan! Sorry if I'm not joining you today, but I had to say 'Thank you' to a friend! See you next week!
    Your baloons at night and the wisteria are terrific!!
    Have a great Outdoor Wednesday,
    Monica.

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  62. Super great shots! i am so looking forward to Spring...I saw a robin...ah, there is hope!

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  63. Oh wow, absolutely beautiful!!!!!!!!! I wish cherry trees would grown down in FL! It looks like a magical fairyland. And I love the nighttime balloon pictures, because you've got them reflected in the lake too!!!!!!!!

    Justine :o )

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  64. Great pics of the cherry blossoms. The blossoms here are spent and other flowers are starting to bloom. I did not get my act together for this post. Maybe next week. Come visit me soon.

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  65. Susan these pictures are glorious. The reflections of the balloons in the water, the swarms of blossoms in the wisteria and cherry trees; just like a little bit of my old home province. Thanks for these.

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  66. Delicious post. The budding trees and the balloons are just wonderful.

    Roberta Anne

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  67. Hi Susan! Thank you for your warm welcome! I love cherry blossoms in the spring too! Our tree pollen is starting up here and I sound like I'm dying every year. ;) Not enough allergy meds on the market for me. LOL. But I keeps the Puffs Plus in business for sure!

    Have a great week!
    Hugs,
    Sheri~~Prim Rose Hill

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  68. Susan, I'm laughing so hard I'm crying because only bloggers would take a pic while driving! LOL! I confess, I've done it, too! ;-)

    Have been missing you, but I'm catching up on some much needed rest. Just wanted to stop by and wish you a Happy Outdoor Wednesday. I'm still indoors, but I guess I had best get going and head out...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  69. Hi Susan! Wow! *What* a difference a week makes. Now that lane is just beautiful! I would have gone back for a closer picture too, I'm glad you did it's lovely! Deb

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  70. Looks like a wonderland. Very beautiful!

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  71. The cherry blossoms make for a magnificent sight!

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  72. Awesome photos ... the hot air balloon is fan-tab-u-lous.

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  73. Oh Susan I feel like I have been on a hiking trip with all these beautiful flowers.Just a beautiful event.
    I am so glad to be able to join in.
    Have a great day.

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